[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 191 (Wednesday, October 1, 2008)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-23148]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection;
Comment Request; Data Reporting Requirements for State and Local
Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Programs; EPA ICR No.
1613.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0252
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of request for comments.
SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to
submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection
Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is
scheduled to expire on February 28, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to
OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific
aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before December 1, 2008.
ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OAR-2008-0707, by one of the following methods:
http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line
instructions for submitting comments.
Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA West (Air
Docket), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room: B108; Mail Code: 6102T,
Washington, DC 20460.
Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center (Air Docket), U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room:
B108; Mail Code: 6102T, Washington, DC 20004. Such deliveries are only
accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special
arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.
Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2008-0707. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included
in the public docket without change and may be made available online at
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information
provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be
Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose
disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you
consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site
is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your
identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of
your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without
going through http://www.regulations.gov your e-mail address will be
automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is
placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you
submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name
and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any
disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to
technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA
may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid
the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of
any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public
docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Sosnowski, Environmental
Protection Agency, Office of Transportation and Air Quality,
Transportation and Regional Programs Division, 2000 Traverwood, Ann
Arbor, Michigan 48105; telephone number: 734-214-4823; fax number: 734-
214-4052; e-mail address: [email protected].
How Can I Access the Docket and/or Submit Comments?
EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID
No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0707, which is available for online viewing at
http://www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Air Docket in
the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution
Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room is open from
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal
holidays. The telephone number for the Reading Room is 202-566-1744,
and the telephone number for the Air Docket is 202-566-1742.
Use http://www.regulations.gov to obtain a copy of the draft
collection of information, submit or view public comments, access the
index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those
documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once
in the system, select ``search,'' then key in the docket ID number
identified in this document.
What Information Is EPA Particularly Interested In?
Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA specifically
solicits comments and information to enable it to:
(i) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency,
including whether the information will have practical utility;
(ii) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden
of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of
the methodology and assumptions used;
(iii) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information
to be collected; and
(iv) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic
submission of responses. In particular, EPA is requesting comments from
very small businesses (those that employ less than 25) on examples of
specific additional efforts that EPA could make to reduce the paperwork
burden for very small businesses affected by this collection.
What Should I Consider When I Prepare My Comments for EPA?
You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your
1. Explain your views as clearly as possible and provide specific
2. Describe any assumptions that you used.
3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used
that support your views.
4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you
arrived at the estimate that you provide.
5. Offer alternative ways to improve the collection activity.
6. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified
7. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket
ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page
of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal
What Information Collection Activity or ICR Does This Apply to?
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0707.
Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are
the state government agencies or departments responsible for oversight
and operation of the I/M programs (SIC91). Thirty-three states
plus the District of Columbia will be affected by I/M program
Title: Data Reporting Requirements for State and Local Vehicle
Emission Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Programs.
ICR number: EPA ICR No. 1613.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0252.
ICR status: This ICR is scheduled to expire February 28, 2009. An
Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to
respond to, a collection of information, unless it displays a currently
valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations
in title 40 of the CFR, after appearing in the Federal Register when
approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9, are displayed either by
publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such
as on the related collection instrument or form, if applicable. The
display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA regulations is
consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.
Abstract: To provide general oversight and support to state and
local I/M programs, the Transportation and Regional Programs Division
(TRPD), Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Office of Air and
Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, requires that state or
local program management for both basic and enhanced I/M programs
collect two varieties of reports to EPA. The first reporting
requirement is the submittal of an annual report providing general
program operating data and summary statistics, addressing the program's
current design and coverage, a summary of testing data, enforcement
program efforts, quality assurance and quality control efforts, and
other miscellaneous information allowing for an assessment of the
program's relative effectiveness; the second is a biennial report on
any changes to the program over the two-year period and the impact of
such changes, including any weaknesses discovered and corrections made
General program effectiveness is determined by the degree to which
a program misses, meets, or exceeds the emission reductions committed
to in the state's approved SIP, which, in turn, must meet or exceed the
minimum emission reductions expected from the relevant performance
standard, as promulgated under EPA's revisions to 40 CFR, Part 51, in
response to requirements established in section 182 of the Clean Air
Act Amendments of 1990 (Act). This information will be used by EPA to
determine a program's progress toward meeting requirements under 40
CFR, Part 51, as well as to assess national trends in the area of basic
and enhanced I/M programs and to provide background information in
support of periodic site visits and evaluations.
Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 85
hours per response. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial
resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or
disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This
includes the time needed to review instructions; develop, acquire,
install, and utilize technology and systems for the purposes of
collecting, validating, and verifying information, processing and
maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information;
adjust the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable
instructions and requirements which have subsequently changed; train
personnel to be able to respond to a collection of information; search
data sources; complete and review the collection of information; and
transmit or otherwise disclose the information.
The ICR provides a detailed explanation of the Agency's estimate,
which is only briefly summarized here:
Estimated total number of potential respondents: 34.
Frequency of response: Annual and Biennial.
Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 1.
Estimated total annual burden hours: 85 hours.
Estimated total annual costs: $4,478.
Are There Changes in the Estimates From the Last Approval?
There is no change in the total estimated respondent burden
compared with that identified in the ICR currently approved by OMB.
What Is the Next Step in the Process for This ICR?
EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as
appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for
review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. At that time, EPA will
issue another Federal Register notice pursuant to 5 CFR
1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the
opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB. If you have any
questions about this ICR or the approval process, please contact the
technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
Dated: September 25, 2008.
Acting Division Director, Transportation and Regional Programs
Division, Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
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